I just watched a TV show about a guy with locked-in syndrome. That occurs when someone is paralyzed, and can’t speak or move and is diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. We now realize that many such people are indeed conscious and aware but can’t make anyone aware of that fact. It’s a tragic state but at least we are becoming more aware of the
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Did you see that miillennials expect to have about 15-20 jobs in their lifetimes? So the idea of one job for life has gone the way of the transistor. Out of the window with it goes hallowed virtues such as employee loyalty and company training. But I fear that even 15-20 jobs doesn’t get to the heart of the problem. Maybe 15-20 careers captures the
You can’t lift up any piece of news or commentary these days without seeing a discussion or article about entrepreneurship and innovation and how to improve one, the other or both. Prescriptions abound. But my question is: are entrepreneurship and innovation the same thing or are they different? I ask that because you usually see them come in twos
I just read Peter Thiel’s new book “One to Zero”. You know Peter Thiel right? Co-founded Paypal, founded Palantir, well-known for his scholarships that give chosen entrepreneurs $100,000 if they quit college and start a company. Quite a guy. The book is really a series of reflections on innovation and entrepreneurship whose quality varies more than
Did you see Serena Williams flame out at the French Open? So what was that all about? Leadership is a phase in one’s life. You start it, do it and then finish it. How do you prepare for its end? There’s a gazillion books and articles on leadership (including my own). They all tell you how to do it better. But they don’t tell you about that one. How
I can’t get used to all the reporting on Donald Sterling. The media have gone to town on it. He’s a bad guy no doubt; but there's even worse. How about the unspeakable and truly despicable Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Bok Haram, if you want the lowest villain of them all? Nonetheless this got me to thinking (again) about the nature of leadership.
I’ve got a personal interest in this post. My son will start at university in August and will study cybersecurity (Stevens Institute of Technology, glad you asked). So that’s getting a lot of my attention right now. Heartbleed just added yet more. Seems like you can’t read the news these days without reading about yet another cyber-attack. It’s eit
I guess you have been watching all the news that’s fit to print about the Beatles and the British invasion? Yup, I’m old enough to have listened to the Beatles when they were in their prime. I was, however, young enough not to realize how innovative their music was. And now it’s all getting revived again. Anyone remember Tommy Steele? The Beatles p
Do you have to be smart (as in high IQ) to be rich? You’d think that the answer would have to be yes. And you also have to believe that any research showing this, or the opposite, would have to be famous. You would be wrong on both counts, at least if you look at a piece of research published in 2007 by one Dr. Jay Zagorsky of Ohio State University
So Satya Nadella will be the next CEO of Microsoft. By all accounts he’s a smart guy, good techie, collaborative, someone the board should be able to control. But I am sure not even his friends think he’s a Steve Jobs. Maybe he’s been in Microsoft too long at 22 years? What does his promotion tell us about Microsoft and, more importantly, the corp
So the Next Big Thing is the Twitter IPO. It hits all the high notes. The creation of a new global elite, the Twitterati. Facebook-like dynamics. Creator of revolutions. Steve Jobs sounds-a-like. And Jack Dorsey is not only a bachelor; he’s a vegan to boot (dating a yoga instructor as well!). What’s not to like? Well to start with, Jack Dorsey is
Iffy Leadership Ever heard of something called counter-factual history? It refers to what might have been had certain events occurred - or didn’t. As in, what would have happened if Germany had won World War 2? Or Winston Churchill had died after being hit by that car in New York in 1931? So now we are going to talk about counter-factual leadership
I guess you heard that Steve Ballmer will retire in the next 12 months? Well, bully for him, why didn’t it happen sooner? We all know that Microsoft has slipped dramatically in value for almost his entire tenure So who’s next? What is the Great Succession of Microsoft? It isn’t easy to restore the fortunes of a company well past its prime. Just as
I just went to see “Jobs” the film. A warning: the opening scenes are cringe-worthy and I almost walked out. It gets better after that although never great. But it’s pretty accurate in its view of Jobs. The view of the film is pretty much summed up by Jobs’ first and only real boss who tells him “You’re good but you’re an asshole”. The film shows